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Market Report for the week of April 8, 2019

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  • Early crop Watermelons have outstanding quality right now with high sugar content and beautiful color. Full production should be in full swing by mid-April.
  • Strawberries are in better supply this week. Pricing will come down to normal range by the middle of the month. Blueberries are still in tight supply however. Pricing will begin to slide as volumes improve over the next several weeks. Quality has been excellent. Raspberries and Blackberries are in steady supply, but not yet in peak. Quality has been excellent on both berries.
  • Sweet Corn from Florida is in peak supply. We should see good volumes until about the end of May. White Sweet Corn is less abundant than the Bi-Color Corn.
  • Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper prices are on the move due to higher demand. Quality has been very nice. Green Bell Pepper pricing also has increased this week. We are seeing less volumes coming from Florida which has put a squeeze on the other markets.
  • ALERT! Celery prices remain high. Availability is limited from many growing regions with prevalent quality issues. New crop isn’t expected until late May.
  • The first Eastern Peaches are expected around the first of May with only light volumes. Production should ramp up quickly though as the weather warms up.
  • ALERT! Green Seedless Grape market is climbing with Red Seedless Grapes right behind them due to the increased demand.
  • Navel Oranges will in steady supply through April. Fruit is peaking on 72s and smaller sizes. Cara Cara Oranges are still a great item, especially for Easter. Mandarin Oranges will be winding down by the end of the month.
  • The Russet Potato market remains steady this week. Quality has been quite nice.
  • Good volumes of Broccoli Crowns is expected next week with excellent quality. Cauliflower supplies have improved this week. Growers are reporting good quality. With cooler weather predicted, supplies could dip next week.
  • Leaf Lettuce is in good supply. Romaine Lettuce prices may increase slightly over the next week. Iceberg Lettuce has started to harvest with volumes improving by mid-April. Quality is good, but weights are a little lighter than expected.
  • Field Cucumber harvests are looking good with volumes and great quality. European Cucumbers will be up slightly in price this week.
  • Asparagus is still plentiful this week, but expect pricing to climb as we get closer to Easter. Quality is excellent.
  • Yellow Onions have leveled off this week. Red Onions are expected to spike as storage supplies are dwindling. White Onion pricing is higher and Sweet Onion pricing has been steady.
  • Cluster and Beefsteak Tomatoes are very promotable. Greenhouses in multiple growing regions are seeing a flush of product. Quality has been very nice.
  • Roma Tomato market is steady with good pricing and quality. Grape Tomatoes are also very promotable with outstanding quality.
  • Green Beans are at peak quality. We expect this quality and volumes to continue through April.
  • The current Avocado market is stronger with markets increasing on all sizes of fruit. Growers are harvesting from higher elevations where tree fruit is lasting longer on the trees. With Holy Week approaching, growers will only harvest 1 days that week. Right after that will be Cinco. Expect markets to remain elevated for several weeks.
  • Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon markets are active with good quality and overall sizing trending on larger sized fruit.
  • The Lemon market continues to increase on smaller sized fruit. Product quality is good, but supplies will remain tight for the next couple of months. The Lime market is improving, but pricing remains escalated with higher FOBs. Sizing is smaller and larger sized fruit demand is exceeding current supplies.
  • The Pineapple market has improved with better volumes available for Easter. Quality is good on the 6/7s.
  • Yellow Squash and Zucchini volumes are strong this week. Some weather related quality issues are apparent with some scarring and/or scuffing.
  • We are seeing some new additions this week to the Cavalier Homegrown List – your source for what’s available locally and seasonally!